Q&A with Cheryl Rees-Price- Getting to know her

Q&A with Cheryl Rees-Price- Getting to know her

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, we get to know Cheryl Rees-Price better. Give us a brief introduction to you. Hello, my name is Cheryl Rees-Price. I am the author of the Winter Meadows series and standalone thriller Blue Hollow. In my safe quiet village in Wales, where nothing interesting happens, I like to make up stories of murder and mayhem. My surroundings of mountains, rivers, a castle, and old quarry inspire the locations in my books. What’s your connection to Wales? I was born in Cardiff and lived there until the age of 7 then moved with my parents to a small village on the edge of the black mountain. I returned to Cardiff to work but later moved back to raise my two girls. With Welsh parents, grandparents, and great grandparents I guess Wales is in my blood. Do you have any tattoos? Yes,...
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Q&A with Matt Johnson – The Business of Writing

Q&A with Matt Johnson – The Business of Writing

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Matt Johnson talks about The Business of Writing. Let’s talk about ‘The Business of Writing Could you tell us about your writing routine? I think it’s important not to let a pleasure become a chore. If you want to be an author, it’s important you enjoy it. If you imagine that persuading an agent to represent you and getting published are the toughest hurdles you may well be in for a shock. It only gets harder, believe me. After that first book hits the shelves, the second has to be at least as good, and so on. Each time you raise your own bar. Allow it to slide and readers will desert you. I write on weekdays only and I try to meet a target of 1000 words in a day. That said, if I don’t write or...
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Q&A with Eamonn Griffin – Interviews and Writing

Q&A with Eamonn Griffin – Interviews and Writing

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Eamonn Griffin talks about interviews and his writing.   Introduction Hello. I’m Eamonn Griffin and I’m a writer. I live near Wrexham, though I’m originally from Lincolnshire. I’ve written and published five books to date. The most recent of these is East of England, a noir thriller set in Lincolnshire in the mid-1980s. As of 2020, I’m working on other books with the same protagonist; I’d like to develop East of England’s Dan Matlock – a debt collector with a troubling sense of justice that gets him into trouble every now and again - into an ongoing series lead character.     Could you tell us about your writing routine?   Well, I have a day job, so the writing and the ancillary work associated with that has to fit around the needs and priorities of that. This means in effect that I focus...
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Q&A with S. J. Morgan – Inspiration

Q&A with S. J. Morgan – Inspiration

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, S. J. Morgan talks about her writing and the inspiration that Australia and Wales has had on her writing. Brief introduction Hello everyone! My name is Sue Morgan and I write under the name S. J. Morgan. Although I grew up in the UK, I have lived overseas for much of my life and I currently reside in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. In my former life, I was an occupational therapist but writing has always been my true passion. I write across several genres: young adult, children’s fiction, women’s fiction, and, more recently, thrillers. I’ve had two books published: a contemporary young adult novel called Heaven Sent, and a psychological thriller set in Wales and Australia called Hide. What’s your connection to Wales? My parents are both from the South Wales valleys (Blaina and Abertillery) so...
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Q&A With Judith Barrow – Characters and Writing

Q&A With Judith Barrow – Characters and Writing

To wish you all a very happy 2020, we’re starting a new Q&A feature, where Crime Cymru authors will be answering our questions to tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Judith Barrow talks about her characters and her writing process. Give us a brief introduction to you? There is a cushion on a chair in my study that bears the quote,” I Live in Two Worlds. One is the World of Books.” I think that sums me up quite well; when I’m working on a book I live with my characters and in their world constantly. It’s all absorbing and, although I suppose that sounds obsessive, I suspect that, to some extent, most authors who write fiction are the same. I have an MA in Creative Writing with the University of Wales Trinity St David's College, Carmarthen. A BA (Hons) in Literature with the Open University, and a Diploma in Drama from Swansea University. I’m a Creative Writing tutor for Pembrokeshire...
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Q&A with Cathy Ace – Books and Writing Process

Q&A with Cathy Ace – Books and Writing Process

To wish you all a very happy 2020, we’re starting a new Q&A feature, where Crime Cymru authors will be answering our questions to tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Cathy Ace talks about her books and her writing process.   Cathy Ace here. I write several different types of books: The WISE Enquires Agency Mysteries feature four soft-boiled female PIs who run their business out of a converted barn on the estate of a Welsh stately home in the Wye Valley; the DI Evan Glover book THE WRONG BOY came out in January 2019, and is a tale of psychological suspense set on the south Wales coast; the Cait Morgan Mysteries feature a Welsh Canadian professor of criminal psychology, Cait Morgan, who encounters puzzling murders wherever she goes. I have decided to focus my replies to questions on these books, as my work in progress is a new Cait Morgan Mystery, to be published in 2020. Can you tell us...
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An Audio Christmas Story: Christmas Buffet Roulette by Gail Williams

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Christmas Buffet Roulette By Gail Williams Gail Williams audio story- The Christmas Buffet tells the story of the Owen family and how it changes forever as they all gather for Lord Owen's final Christmas, but will his imminent death change the family dynmatic forever? Christmas Buffet Roulette Spotify To read more about GB Williams, visit her page here GB Williams Crime Cymru Page To read some more of GB Williams’s work, click here GB Williams Amazon...
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A Christmas Story: The Christmas Spirit by Thorne Moore

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. The Christmas Spirit is an exhilarating tale by Thorne Moore of an account and a tea pot at Christmas. The Christmas Spirit by Thorne Moore It was a porcelain teapot, with flowers and a couple of bucolic figures. Being practical, I look at a teapot and think, will it pour without dribbling? But such thoughts did not bother Mrs Barraclough. For her, the flowery teapot was pure perfection, dribbles or no. ‘That’s it!’ She clapped her...
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A Christmas Story: The Reckoning by Graham Watkins

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. The Reckoning is a hard-luck story by Graham Watkins that shows the hardship that all seems to accumulate at the Christmas season. The Reckoning by Graham Watkins 'Due to me this day £4. 7s and...' Ink falls from the nib onto the page. It runs, like a tiny black stream, across the words. I return the pen to the inkwell and blot the mess. The kitchen door opens. Water drips across the tiles. A bucket scrapes...
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A Christmas Story: The Night Visit by Alison Layland

A Christmas Story: The Night Visit by Alison Layland

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. The Night Visit is a chilling tale by Alison Layland of a couple arriving at the eerie town of Llanwenydd. The Night Visit by Alison LayLand The snow whirled down, the flakes white against the dark sky, grey as they entered the beam of the headlights. No two ways about it, they were lost. ‘I’m getting worried about this; we’ll have to find somewhere to stay the night if we can,’ she said. So much for getting...
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